Medicine and Health Sciences


Energy drinks are an extremely popular type of beverage that claims to offer positive physiological effects. By examining common energy drink ingredients separately using peer-reviewed studies, this research aims to find any positive physiological effects while minimizing health risk. Results indicated that of the four ingredients examined (caffeine, panax ginseng, taurine, and vitamin B12), caffeine, panax ginseng, and taurine all offered physiological benefits. Vitamin B12 was the only studied ingredient to offer no benefit at any quantity. All ingredients were found to be safe at the values found in the studied brands, and brands that have caffeine, panax ginseng, and taurine all offer short-term benefits when at substantial levels.